Miami Conference on Global Democracy

An international conference presented by the Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs
In collaboration with the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation and Freedom House
Thursday, April 18, 2024 | 11 AM to 3:15 PM EST |  FIU MMC, SIPA II 102 | Free and open to the public

Join the conversation as we explore the phenomenon of contemporary democratic backsliding on a global scale. Guest speakers and expert panels will explore how waning public support for democracy, economic inequality and social tensions, populist politics, external pressures from great power competition, and the weakening of political institutions and processes have all contributed to a steady decline in democracy worldwide. What lessons can we draw to strengthen democracy across the globe?

11:00 AM — Welcome Remarks

Shlomi Dinar, Dean, Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs

11:10 AM — Panel One: Defending Democracy in an Age of Sharp Power


Mitzi Uehara Carter, Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies


Christopher Walker, National Endowment for Democracy
Glenn Tiffert, Hoover Institution
Alina Polyakova, Center for European Policy Analysis
Eric Lob, Department of Politics & International Relations


Jessica Adler, Department of History

12:30 PM Luncheon Keynote Address: Democracy and Economic Development


Mihaela Pintea, Department of Economics

Keynote Presenter

Michael Camilleri, United States Agency for International Development

2:00 PM — Panel Two: The Playbook for Undermining Democracy


Alexandra Restifo, Department of Religious Studies


Inga K. Trauthig, University of Texas, Austin
Adrian Shahbaz, Freedom House
Tatiana Kostadinova, Department of Politics & International Relations
Besiki Kutateladze, Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice


Milena Neshkova, Department of Public Policy & Administration

3:15 PM Closing Remarks

Melissa Baralt, Department of Modern Languages

Sponsored by the Dorothea Green Lecture Series and the Václav Havel Program for Human Rights & Democracy